It’s no secret that Google is announcing a long overdue update to its original home speaker from 2016 – yes, the air freshener is that old. Google even released a short video showing Nest Audio in July before we knew it would be the name. Just a few days before the official launch, someone was able to procure an early-marketed Nest Audio unit, which they then unpacked for our viewing pleasure, similar to the Chromecast with Google TV dongle.
Some Walmart stores stock the Nest Audio, which a Redditor luckily could buy, although it hasn̵
The speaker doesn’t look that big in these pictures but is apparently quite heavy, possibly due to its tightly packed internals. With the exception of the distinctive seam that runs along the side, the speaker looks pretty neat with no physical buttons. As with the cheaper Nest Mini-Puck, the volume and playback / pause controls are accessible via a touch panel.
Let’s get to the more important part: audio output. Since we don’t get a video from Nest Audio playing some tunes, we have to take the Redditor’s word for it when they say that the sound quality from Nest Audio is a notable improvement over the original Home. You’ll also notice that the output is noticeably directional, which might be useful for stereo coupling – Google showed the stereo setup in their teaser video (below). The Nest Audio also has a new bass boot-up jingle that keeps parts of the current carillon.
In addition to the loudspeaker itself, there is a large adapter with a housing connection in the box. Google Nest Audio is already showing up in some stores. So you can try to get one before most even know of its existence. As we’ve confirmed, the speaker should be priced under $ 100 when it comes out next week with a bunch of Google hardware.